MEPI Assistant Director
MEPI Assistant Director - MEPI Student leaders Program, CIED
The MEPI Student Leaders Program is a U.S. Department of State sponsored exchange program for undergraduate student leaders from the Middle East and North Africa. The Center for Intercultural Education and Development-designed curriculum allows students to develop leadership skills and expand their understanding of civil society and democratic leadership. Following the exchange, CIED supports students as they apply what they have learned in their home communities.
In many cases, especially with the substantial communication, protocol, and relationship development in the MENA region, the Georgetown MEPI Assistant Director acts in place of the Director as the main representative of Georgetown University CIED. Duties include but are not limited to:
- Manages planning and uniform implementation of complex domestic and overseas activities the MEPI Student Leaders Program.
- Leads and oversees the performance of sub-awardees and contractors including six partner host universities, several U.S. and MENA region strategic partners, and three Georgetown departments to ensure implementation of a cohesive program.
- Works in partnership with the six host institutions in the design-implementation of the U.S. academic summer exchange program and the yearly alumni conference held in the region.
- Develops and implements an online participant orientation (including webinars) and the Washington, DC-based orientation and closing program activities for the 120 students.
- Responsible for designing and securing certain exchange program components such as professional site visits, civic engagement programming, advocacy visits, and social-cultural activities.
- Develops support network of non-profit, private sector, and government partners to support participant recruitment and alumni civic engagement in community development activities.
- Creates social marketing/website content and maintains website and social networks to ensure successful promotion of the Program.
- Maintains the promotional materials up to date. Responsible for implementation (and subsequent reporting) of a complex mixed methods evaluation protocol requested by the State Department.
- Compiles documentation from the many sources, develops quarterly reports to the State Department. Provides Program Director and Director of CIED periodic written reports and briefings.
- Works closely with the U.S. Department of State to ensure success in recruitment of participants.
- Responsible for close coordination with up to 17 U.S. Embassies overseas in managing confidential material required to secure U.S. visas. Responsible for handling sensitive and personal material in a confidential manner through secure systems.
- Manages up to four Mentors (resident assistants) for the Georgetown University summer in-bound exchange program. Manage large program logistical projects related to health insurance and international and domestic travel.
- Oversees processes of participant travel, insurance, and stipends.
- Develops networks in the MENA region for a successful recruitment and alumni engagement activities.
- Manages six partner host universities and several U.S. strategic partnerships.
- Manages the Georgetown University six-week exchange and providing strategic advice to Georgetown faculty and staff to ensure a successful implementation.
- Keeps the website and promotional materials updated and relevant.
- Oversees multiple sub-awardees and contractors to ensure compliance with program guidelines, Georgetown University regulations, and USG super-circular requirements.
- Maintains on-going communication, serving as the primary contact at Georgetown, with sub-awardees and partners providing technical assistance and problem resolution.
- Master's Degree and at least two years of experience working with civil society programs and organizations in the MENA
- Exceptionally strong organizational and time management skills
- Experience monitoring and ensuring compliance of sub-awardees and contractors
- Knowledge and experience in Middle East culture and working proficiency in Arabic is required
- Outstanding interpersonal oral and written communication skills with ability to interact and network in a positive manner with a diverse clientele, including prominent social and political figures, and business executives
- Demonstrated ability and effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality seamless customer service
- Excellent English writing and editing skills for the preparation of working and informational manuals, administrative reports, correspondence and program text
- Ability to independently establish objectives, plan, direct, and evaluate all aspects of conference/special events
- Skill in monitoring expenditures for programs
- Ability to occasionally work extra hours nights and weekends (requires travel)
- Experienced in Microsoft Office Suite software applications
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